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Major and minor settlements in the circumpolar Arctic

Indigenous settlements in the Arctic. As in the past, today's settlements are usually located in resource-strategic positions, with territoriality and social networks adapted to the movements of reindeer/caribou or the seasonal abundance of sea mammals. Most indigenous settlements are small, consisting of only a handful of people, while others are communities of several thousand people. Notice that many dots simply represent seasonal settlements and camps and not established communities.

Year: 2005

From collection: Vital Arctic Graphics

Cartographer: Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal

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